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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
The long awaited follow up to 2007's hit 300 is exciting, very entertaining. There is a new director (the little known Noam Murro from Israel), but the recharged, operatic style, with heavy use of digital imagery, that made the first movie famous is back again. It can be said that this is not technically a sequel, as both movies happen more or less simultaneous...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Empires Striking Back
THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE 2D MOVIE VERSION ONLY.

Running time 102, Cert 15.

Trivia.
1)Eva Green played Vesper Lynd in 2006 Casino Royale.
2)Lena Hedley shot all her scenes in just 10 days.
3)This is both a prequel/sequel & companion piece that's parallel to events that occur in 300.
4)Eva Green trained with stuntmen for several...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Empires Striking Back, 8 Mar 2014
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Timelord007 (England) - See all my reviews
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THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE 2D MOVIE VERSION ONLY.

Running time 102, Cert 15.

Trivia.
1)Eva Green played Vesper Lynd in 2006 Casino Royale.
2)Lena Hedley shot all her scenes in just 10 days.
3)This is both a prequel/sequel & companion piece that's parallel to events that occur in 300.
4)Eva Green trained with stuntmen for several months to get in shape for her role as Commander Artemisia.
5)Doctor Who's Matt Smith was considered for the part of Aeyyklos but declined due to filming commitments on Doctor Who the part instead went to Hans Matheson.
6)Sullivan Stapleton is better known as Sergeant Damien Scott in Sky One's Strike Back series.

Synopsis.
Greek General Themistokles leads the charge against the invading forces of the Persian army led by mortal turned God Xerxes & his mass army Persian warrior's both on land & sea led by his vengeful commander named Artemisia.

As swords & steel clash & blood is spilled in the bloody battles that lie ahead, Will the remaining Spartans now led by King Leonidias wife Queen Gorgo decide to avenge her husband & the army of 300 Spartans who originally fought Xerxes & aid the Greeks led by General Themistokles into battle against Xerxes & his mass army of Persian warrior's?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a excellent prequel/sequel & companion piece that at times parallels with event's in the original 300 movie.

While Sullivan Stapleton is no Gerrard Butler he's no weakling either & actually delivers a great performance as General Themistokles as Stapleton plays the role with conviction without ever hamming up his role in the movies more dramatic scenes as Stapleton certainly does deliver the goods in the movies epic bloody brutal battle scenes.

Eva Green gives a magnificent performance as the bloodthirsty Commander Artemisia whom is the cold vicious vengeful leader of Xerxes Persian army as Eva Green makes the part her own being cold, Calculated & manipulative never knowing what she's thinking or has planned next.

Lena Hedley sadly I felt was slightly underused as Queen Gorgo & she only started to flesh out her character near the very end of the movie which strongly hinted at another third & possibly final movie.

The battle sequences are impressive & well choreographed throughout & unlike some action movie's you can actually see what's taking place on screen in this film as there no manic editing here or any toned down 12a battles as this film delivers several bloody brutal battles were heads get decapitated & blood is spilled heavily throughout although the CGI blood looked a little poor in parts.

This is a great companion piece to the original movie & while the original 300 has the edge slightly due to Gerrard Butler's outstandingly good performance as King Leonidias this sequel is by no means inferior in any shape or form & stands alongside the original 300 movie yet has it's own story to tell.

An impressive entertaining prequel/sequel movie that delivers great battles sequences plus a superb vicious performance by Eva Green.

This isn't just some turned out inferior movie but a carefully thought out written movie that's been planned out with a trilogy in mind.

Original 300 Director Zack Snyder is on writing & producing duties here as he wrote this movie's screenplay as he did the originals & although Snyder doesn't direct this film he seems to be the driving for behind this whole Spartan saga.

So roll on 300 part 3 which should conclude event's started here in this epic bloody action movie as this franchise deserves it's conclusion.

Timelord Rating 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, 17 July 2014
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Andres C. Salama (Buenos Aires, Argentina) - See all my reviews
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The long awaited follow up to 2007's hit 300 is exciting, very entertaining. There is a new director (the little known Noam Murro from Israel), but the recharged, operatic style, with heavy use of digital imagery, that made the first movie famous is back again. It can be said that this is not technically a sequel, as both movies happen more or less simultaneous chronologically: the first movie took place in the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC). The new one, after an introduction in the Battle of Marathon (490 BC), centers on the Battle of Salamis, in 480 BC, around the same time as Thermopylae. (Of course, I know you don't go to movies like this to learn about history).

Sorting out from their defeat at Marathon, the new Persian emperor Xerxes decides to take revenge in the form of a large seaborne invasion of Greece. His main admiral is the incredibly sexy but brutal Artemisia, who is Greek born but was saved when she was a little girl by a Persian and has lived in the Persian court ever since, thirsting for revenge against her native land. The Greek side, on the other hand is commanded by the brave, honest Athenian Themistocles.

As Themistocles, Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton is fine, though he lacks somewhat the charisma Gerard Butler showed playing Leonidas in the first film. But Eva Green as Artemisia is magnificent, magnetic, by far the most charismatic character of the film. Rodrigo Santoro is back as (a very fantastic) Xerxes. Lena Heady reappears briefly as Gorgo, Queen of Sparta. There are very fine action scenes involving naval battles, but the movie's best scene has Artemisia bringing Themistocles to her boat to ostensibly discuss peace, but it all ends up in a heated sexual rump.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "This Court is now in session, Hon. Darth Maciek presiding, the accused Zack Snyder will please rise to hear the verdict", 25 Jun 2014
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Maciej "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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This verdict contains SPOILERS

This High Court finds the accused, producer and writer of this sequel to his own 2006 splendid masterpiece, guilty as charged of following crimes:

1. Being too lazy to direct this second film

2. Hiring a director who was an absolutely incompetent beginner

3. Being careless (or drunk?) to the point of writing a completely substandard BORING scenario

4. Endorsing abysmally bad actors for two main roles

5. Flashing ugly silicon breasts in public

6. Sending to the front Cersei Lannister, a middle aged mother of three, dressed in a dirty nightgown and armed with a rusty meat cleaver

7. Not only using napalm in V century BC but especially using it poorly...

8. Transforming Xerxes, the gigantic King of Kings, a monument of evil, corruption and depravation, into a pathetic sidekick

9. Showing the battle of Salamis, an apocalyptic clash of fleets and warriors on a scale defying imagination, as a s***ty little skirmish won by a cavalry charge (sic!)

10. Replacing a Bad@ss Leonidas by a Couldn't Care Less Themistocles, who has all the "maiestas, dignitas et gravitas" of an used condom, when the REAL Themistocles was a titan of politics, a genius of warfare, a monument of charisma and also a man of legendary oratory talent. He was in fact so honey-tongued that, in order to ensure the final victory in war, he actually managed to convince the assembly of Athenian citizens to abandon their own beautiful and rich city without fighting - when it was obvious that as result it will be plundered and burned to the ground by Persians...

11. Presenting Ancient Greeks, one of the most warlike, aggressive, clever, dangerous people who EVER lived, as some kind of pacific clueless herbivores... Ancient Greeks were not just mere farmers, herders, artisans, merchants, fishermen and sailors - in fact EVERY single citizen was trained in a very harsh way to fight from his early childhood. All those who could afford appropriate armor and weapons would become hoplits (heavy infantry) with all others becoming peltasts (light infantry of javelin armed skirmishers). As soon as he was of age every citizen participated in wars of his city ("polis") and those conflicts were many, because war, together with philosophy and pederasty, was the favourite pastime for Ancient Greeks. Wars were almost permanent and were waged for any kind of reasons - sometimes to start one it was enough to spit over the border, on another city-state territory (not a tall order, considering the small size of most of "polis"). In fact it is a small wonder that Ancient Greeks invented Olympic games, which forced all the states to stop fighting once every four years - after all EVERYBODY needs a break from time to time... By trying to show Ancient Greeks as peaceful people reluctantly taking arms against an evil empire this film is simply RIDICULOUS!

12. Showing on the screen the most appalling scene of unsuccessful copulation ever...

13. For all practical purpose destroying a promising franchise

14. Causing waste of perfectly good popcorn in a world where hundreds of millions do not have enough to eat

15. Making people vomit in disgust in the theatres and therefore causing a public health hazard

16. Abundantly humidifying his own legacy with malodorous body fluids...

Sentencing: the film receives two stars because of some visually nice scenes, especially during naval sequences; otherwise this court sentences the accused to a total of no less than five thousand and no more than ten thousand obligatory consecutive viewings of all Jar Jar Binks scenes from "Phantom Menace", 8 (eight hours) per day, seven days per week, allowing during those 8 hours only short toilet and coffee breaks and one 15 minutes lunch break. The shades of 300 Spartans are charged with supervision of the sentence.

This court is now adjourned and considering that this court was stupid enough to watch this film all the way to the end this court is now going to drown its sorrows in strong liquor and debauchery on the court of the King of Kings in company of Court's Own Chipmunks. God save the Queen and all those sorts of things.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly satisfying, 8 April 2014
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Griesmayer (Wien, Österreich) - See all my reviews
The Battle of Salamis was supposed to be a naval battle. Not a heroic last stand at a mountain pass like the Battle of Thermopylae covered in 300. And a naval battle in ancient times meant no fancy cannons or ships of the line exchanging broadsides amidst clouds of billowing gunpowder smoke.

And yet, 7 years of waiting has paid off. 300: Rise of an Empire is thoroughly satisfying. The violence in this film makes you grin with glee from ear to ear despite considering yourself a seasoned veteran of gore films. 300: Rise of an Empire is also not just about the sea battle, but masterfully takes us through several flashbacks without jeopardizing the story and turning it into a mess. The film also leaves enough room to create several believable characters, most prominent of all the real historic female naval general Artemisia, wonderfully played by Eva Green. Green plays Artemisia with an authoritative aura that has warrior written all over it. Xerxes takes a back seat this time, but we do get a glimpse into his past and who the man once was.

At the end of the day, if you hadn't already come to this realization 7 years ago, you need to now: 300 is a work of art, not a historic movie. It is the film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novels and thus sticks to the literature both in story and in art design. Hence the oversized moon. Hence the ridiculous blood splattering. When viewed in this context, it is almost impossible to find flaws in these two adaptations, as they masterfully bring the graphic novel to vibrant life.

Last but not least, 300: Rise of an Empire offers breathtaking setpieces and backdrops, and is arguably more grand than the original 300 film, although of course we aren't treated to the plethora of enemies and fantastical creatures as the first film did. Nevertheless, a well done and truly satisfying sequel. My only gripe is that the final duel should have been far more epic, and the soundtrack could have used some of the familiar thematic choirs of 300. Still, a 5, out of 5 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the original, loved it and went to see this :) !!!, 8 April 2014
I absolutely loved the original and felt like i was watching a graphic novel on screen rather than on pages, so went to see this after seeing a few clips for it.
I absolutely loved this one and found it just as brilliant as the original, the acting was great and the storyline was amazing. Definitely would recommend this if you loved the original, or if you like great fight sequences and great storylines. Loved it, definitely buying it when it comes out !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 17 July 2014
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This review is from: 300: Rise Of An Empire [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Not nearly as entertaining and visual spectacular as the first one. 3d is terrible. They only made an effort the first 10 minutes or so. After that the 3D effects are rubish and 'll give you a headache. Where back to the Wild Bunch. Only now blood doesn't look like ketchup but like someone is spilling pints of hot choco.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch, 13 Mar 2014
Not as good as the original 300 but the story is pretty good, easy to follow, the acting isn't too crazy and over the top like they could so easily have gone and the battle scenes are epic!! Definately worth a watch!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ECSTASY OF STEEL AND FLESH, 16 Mar 2014
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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There is nothing like epic historical fantasy to piss-off the Iranians once again. This story starts at Marathon where Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) kills King Darius (Igal Naor) wearing a costume stolen from Emperor Ming. Darius' son Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) goes on to become a "god-king" and getting a minor role, while looking like the incarnate of evil. Persia has Artemis I of Caria (a pale Eva Green) lead the navy against Greece where Themistocles is attempting to unite the Greek city states to defeat the invading Persians. Sparta wants to go its own way. The 300 Spartans we get to see laying on the ground dead, post battle as Xerxes proclaims victory and moves on to Athens. I guess that was my bad expecting to see the 300 do battle and that whole thing about the goat path because someone put "300" in the title of the film.

This is the adult fantasy version of the story. There was plenty of slow motion blood splatter. They like the blood to land on the camera lens (or glass) and look suspended in the air for a while. The speeches given in the film were necessary for the production, but were completely boring. "Freedom is her wisdom has chosen you to defend her."

There is also both male and female narration because not everyone knows butchered Greek History. This film takes liberties with the accounts of Plutarch, Herodotus, and Polyaenus. For instance, Artemis I of Caria was actually Queen of Halicarnassus and only commanded five ships. Her character is greatly multiplied in this film.

Good popcorn film for adults. Nothing more.

Parental Guide: 2 F-bombs. Night time distant rape. sex. nudity (Eva Green )
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!, 23 Mar 2014
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I liked '300' and I went to the cinema to watch the sequel, of course, without great expectations. I was wrong! I even enjoyed it more that the first movie! The actors' performances were very good!!! If it was a little closer to the real historical events and less blood around it would be a masterpiece.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Storm of steel, 13 April 2014
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This review is from: 300: Rise Of An Empire [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
The critics need to get real. This isn't as bad as the critics make out. So what if its violent and not Shakespeare. I loved the first film and this version is more violent and more bloody. So what! This film is for the fans!

Eva Green's Artemisia is excellent too. Tho I doubt she historically accurate. But again, so what! This film needs to be watched with the sound turned up and a big bucket of popcorn!
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